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Can You Really Clean the Drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar?

Hands with yellow gloves washing a pot in the sink.

clogged sink with floating scraps and silverware

You’re usually careful about keeping your sink clean, but you just watched your Great Aunt Betty pour a whole skillet full of bacon drippings straight down your drain after a family dinner.

Now all you can think about is having a house full of company and a clogged kitchen sink, hands plunged into gross dishwater with the residue of a dozen plates and cooking pans burping backward onto your basin.

Don’t worry because, yes, you really can clean your drain with baking soda and vinegar.

Why does Cleaning the Drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar Work?

Remember back in science class when you studied the difference between bases and acids? Baking soda, or since we’re thinking about chemistry, “sodium bicarbonate,” is an alkaline base. Vinegar is an acid. When you mix them together, there’s a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide and water.

Bubbles form. You’ll hear them fizzing and popping. It’s those bubbles that break up the grease, fat, or oil residues that have solidified and bonded with food particles, forming that nasty, stubborn clog.

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The Recipe for Cleaning the Drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar

It’s a simple recipe using basic kitchen staples you probably have on hand.

If your drain is clogged, clean it by pouring a pan of boiling water down the drain. Follow the water with 1 cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar.

You’ll probably see some bubbles as the chemical reaction works its magic and opens your drain.

Perform a drain cleaning on a weekly basis to keep the problem from happening at all. If you use a box of baking soda in your refrigerator to eliminate odors, you can simply pour the old box down your drain when you put the new one in.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Work to Clean Bathroom Drains, Too

Have you been taking a shower to feel water creeping up over your ankles? (You can’t blame your Great Aunt Betty for that one!)

It’s the accumulated hair, shaving cream, and soap scum that have congealed in your shower drain.

Cleaning the drain with baking soda and vinegar works in showers and tubs, too. Do it on a regular basis to avoid the dreaded dirty-water-ankle-creep.

Why You Might Need More Than Baking Soda and Vinegar

The basic kitchen staples and conventional wisdom of cleaning the drain with baking soda and vinegar only go so far, and only if the clog is not deep in the pipes.

Let’s face it. Whether you have a new home, an old home, an apartment, or a condo, you don’t know what’s gone down those pipes in the last few years. Here at ServiceOne, we’ve found all kinds of crazy objects clogging drains.

Sometimes baking soda and vinegar just aren’t enough to get rid of the blockage.

How We Can Help

Professional plumbers have years of expertise and a wide range of tools that will make unclogging your drain a quick, clean, and painless event.

Just because the clog is unseen, doesn’t mean we have to guess about the best way to dissolve it.

ServiceOne offers video cameras that can crawl into your pipes for a hundred feet and actually “see” what’s going on. We’ll know exactly where the problem is and how to address it.

Long, flexible rods. Special augers. Powerful water jets. We have an arsenal of tools to fix any plumbing problem and keep your home clean while we do it. You avoid the mess and the stress.

We have fully loaded service trucks with polite, professional plumbers who care about fixing your problem…because nobody wants clogged drains and nasty backups.

When baking soda and vinegar just aren’t enough. Call us.

We’ll do the dirty work so you can get on with your business…like figuring out how to keep Great Aunt Betty from pouring grease down your sink at the next family gathering.

Call us at 407-499-8333 for drain or sewer cleaning, regular maintenance, plumbing checkups, installs of new sinks or toilets, leak detection, or any other plumbing need you have.

We’re here to serve you.

ServiceOne is not just a company. We’re people who care.

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